The contemporary Scandi interior design style is very popular in the Philippines. It is not so much its simple and functional aesthetic that draws homeowners to it, but the bright and maaliwalas ambience this style gives homes. Here is a video that gives tips on how to achieve this kind of interior design style in your home.

The Five Scandi Styling Tips

These are the essential tips to bring that Scandi vibe into your home interiors.

1.  Be a minimalist.

I saw something from the FB page of Becoming Minimalist: “Decluttering is about removing the things we don’t want. Minimalism is about discovering how little we actually need.”

For those who grew up in the internet age, you may not realize how much digital technology has shaped what people decide are necessities. If nothing else, the pandemic and the lockdowns we’ve been through have shown us that we actually just need food, shelter, and clothing (this one not all that much considering that we hardly left our homes). Of course, what we also realized is the importance of the good health and well-being of our loved ones.

Get back to that mind space when you are bombarded by everything you see around you, ranging from the latest and coolest of cars, watches, makeup, condos, gyms, entertainment, travel, etc.

When you have that kind of clarity, the way you would design your home would carry the hallmarks of simplicity, clean lines, and functionality.

2.  Use patterns, textures, and colors sparingly.

Scandi design relies on neutrals—whites with beiges, grays, and blacks. For the overall space, monochrome is the preferred combination, like different shades of white.  Try Boysen’s all-time favorite paint called Tulle White. Warm color tones come from the wood used in the space, like furniture and flooring.

If ever there other colors are introduced in the space, these are usually moody colors like sage and blue gray.

3.  Choose quality.

Quality does not mean expensive. It just means the use of robust materials and craftsmanship. When it comes to making your home, there’s no need to splurge but don’t scrimp either. There are craftsmen in the Philippines who have mastered their art, from making furniture to home furnishings. Augment your efforts of asking friends to find these crafty partners with using Google and crowdsourcing posts on your social media channels.

4.  Embrace nature.

Choose your plants well to complement the uncluttered space you are decorating. If you have the room, one spectacular huge plant could bring up the wow factor in your home. If not, opt for plants with interesting shapes. Choose green foliage so they combine beautifully with the neutrals. Greens make whites (especially) look crisp and clean.

5.  Look to nature for your color palette inspiration.

Making a color palette is important. But for most people it is also difficult. When in doubt, look to nature for inspiration. Even warm tones like blush or peach can work very well as long as they are used as accents in a space that is mostly neutral in color.

Other Scandi Design Tips

Do you want the maaliwalas look for your home? Check out the tips in this post.

We also have Scandi colors in The Color Library, Boysen’s first-ever concept store located near IKEA in MOA Square.  If you want to veer away from light neutrals, it can be done with great style. Read up about these Scandinavian inspirations.

We usually show living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. Not to be outdone however are the Scandi bathrooms. If you want to have that luxurious spa experience, this is a way to go.

The video you see above is the fourth in a series called Stylish Spaces. The focus for this season is Scandinavian design. If you want to see the other three, then click the link to go to the playlist. While there, do subscribe to the Let it B channel (click this link) to stay up to date with videos that we upload for the Boysen blog.


Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions ( She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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